Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner today announced 18 communities and non-profit organizations will receive a combined $29.6 million for 70 miles of new trail development as a part of the second round of the Next Level Trails program. Boone County will see an upgrade to the Big 4 Trail thanks to the funds from the Next Level Trails program.  In Lebanon these funds will add a total of 5.8 miles of new asphalt trail to the Big Four Trail in Lebanon and rural Boone County. A new 1.4-mile segment of trail within Lebanon will connect the Courthouse Square to Abner Longley Park. An additional 4.4 miles of deteriorating slag aggregate surfaced trail will be upgraded to asphalt in unincorporated Boone County, creating a contiguous paved connection from Thorntown to Lebanon. For Zionsville these funds will adds 1.79 miles of asphalt trail to the existing Big Four Trail within Zionsville, extending northwest by 0.92 miles to the border of Whitestown and southeast by 0.87 miles to the Vonterra neighborhood. The project includes new trailhead facilities where the former Big Four Railroad corridor intersects Zionsville Road.

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